Happy St. Patrick’s Day!: Upcoming Irish Events on Campus

Villanova University is intimately connected with Ireland, and actively promotes connections between American and Irish scholarship. It is only fitting, then, that Villanova should host a couple wonderful events in the next few days to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

On St. Patrick’s Day itself, the novelist Glenn Patterson will present a reading, held in Driscoll Hall’s auditorium at 7pm. Serving as a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Glenn Patterson has also authored numerous novels, articles, and plays, among other works. Currently, Patterson holds the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Chair of Irish Studies, a respected position granted every year since 2000 to a “distinguished Irish writer.”[1] Patterson’s reading tomorrow evening promises to be a delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For more information on Patterson’s works, please see the Irish Studies page on the Heimbold Chair, and for more information on the reading, please see your Wildcat Newswire, or take a look at the Irish Studies calendar of events.

In brief, the event details are as follows:

Glenn Patterson – Reading, Annual Literary Festival

Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Room 132

March 17, 7:00 p.m.


The second notable event celebrating Irish history is held in commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916, which occurred primarily in Dublin, Ireland. This event on Monday, March 21 marks the opening of an exhibit located in Falvey Library, entitled “To Strike For Freedom.” Held in the Speaker’s Corner (located on the first floor of the library), the event will feature live traditional Irish music, and a variety of readings from Irish literature on the 1916 Rising. The events of the 1916 Easter week are among the most critical in Irish history, as a group of nationalist Irish men and women rebelled against British authority and desperately fought for the freedom of their country. Although the Irish failed to establish and independent Republic in 1916, the Rising did lead to events that later on helped Ireland gain her freedom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rising, and there is much to look forward to in scholarship and public history on the Rising throughout this year. For more information on “To Strike for Freedom,” please see the Irish Studies event page, or the Library’s post about the event.

Event details, in brief, are as follows:

“To Strike for Freedom”

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

March 21, 4:00 p.m.

Finally, if you care for some fun, light reading about St. Patrick’s Day, check out this post  on the “Top Ten Facts You Never Knew about St. Patrick’s Day”  from Irish Central, along with the site’s other articles.

Be on the lookout for additional exciting Irish events later in the semester!

[1] “Heimbold Chair: Glenn Patterson,” Villanova University, http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/irishstudies/heimbold.html.


Upcoming Civil War Events

Earlier this year, Civil War historians commemorated the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the Civil War. Although it may seem as if most Civil War events and exhibitions are now at an end for the time being, some institutions in the Philadelphia area are continuing to explore the Civil War.

The University of Pennsylvania Library is currently featuring the exhibit, “The Civil War: An Ephemeral Lens Into the Life and Times.” This exhibit, which will be at the Library until March 21, 2016, focuses on small artifacts from the Civil War, usually regarded as insignificant items – or, in more precise terms, ephemera. As the exhibit description mentions, the focus on such small items gives greater insight into both war and civilian experiences. On October 9th, at 5:30pm, Dr. Edward L. Ayers will give a lecture on ephemera’s significance. Attending this lecture would be a perfect way to start fall break! Registration details are listed on the exhibit’s page, linked above.

Later in October, the National Gallery of Art will host a lecture on the “Art of the Name: Soldiers, Graves, and Monuments in the Aftermath of the Civil War.” Dr. Kirk Savage from the University of Pittsburgh will present this lecture, which explores the significance of names on gravestones in the post-Civil War period, and how identifying bodies with their appropriate names relates to questions of identity. The lecture is scheduled for October 21st, at 4:30pm.

If these two lectures leave you hungering for more Civil War events, you can check out the exhibit at the Mutter Museum, “Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Pennsylvania.” This exhibit explores medical questions of injury, disease, and treatments during the Civil War. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the exhibit is an interactive element that reveals what it would be like to have an arm amputated.

Finally, if you feel like taking a drive to Amish Country during fall break, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum currently holds an exhibit on Lancaster County at the end of the Civil War. Although the exhibit, “1865: Lancaster County at the Close of the Civil War,” is certainly intriguing, Landis Valley is also a living history museum focusing on Pennsylvania Dutch life and culture.

If you can, consider coming out for some of these lectures or visiting the exhibits! Though many sesquicentennial Civil War events have concluded, there are still wonderful Civil War things to explore in the Philadelphia area!